Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd February 2021.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Conservative, South Northamptonshire

What support his Department is providing to new parents who are in the prison system.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We know that there is an impact on families and children when a parent is imprisoned. Prisons run a variety of parenting courses that are commissioned by individual establishments to suit the needs of their particular population.

Mother and Baby Units have operated in women’s prisons for a number of years, they enable mothers to have their children with them in prison during an important period of bonding. The units are often praised in HMIP reports.

There are also many ad hoc provisions such as Storybook Dads which help to maintain contact with younger children.

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